The proposed Boland Street Cottages will take the city to new heights after it was approved at City of Launceston’s November meeting.
The site has been derelict for a number of years.
Parts of the development will be 12-metres high, which is the Tasmanian Planning Scheme’s current height limit. However, there will be a six-metre boundary set back.
Twenty-seven dwellings will be built ranging between two to three bedrooms over five-storeys. The ground level will include 30 car parks, 14 bike spaces and storage.
An adjacent building on 13 Tamar Street will be refurbished into a three-bedroom house on the ground floor, a retail tenancy, courtyard and walkway and two-bedroom apartment on the first floor.
The council agenda said the building would be more than 17-metres high, and have 30 dwellings, but S. Group’s design architect Jono Buist made a verbal amendment at the council meeting to bring the development in line with the Tasmanian Planning Scheme.
City of Launceston aldermen welcomed the Boland Street plans. They compared the site’s current state to CH Smith before its development started.
Alderman Robin McKendrick said the site had been a blight on the city since he could remember.
“Thank goodness at long last,” he said.
“I don’t think it will be out of context, it’s not over the top, it’s set back off the street, which I believe is recognised way of doing things.
“I’m positive that most, if not all, apart from four or five people, in the city of Launceston would really welcome this development.”